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Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Ijeoma Oluo: How Dangerous is White Male America? | The Stream” – below is their description.
Ijeoma Oluo is an American writer best-known for her 2017 hit book “So You Want to Talk about Race?” In it, readers of all races are guided through issues of race and how they are embedded in American life.
The police killing of George Floyd, who was Black, last year led to an outpouring of anger and grief in the US as people of all races took to the streets to call for racial justice. The demonstrations provoked a reckoning, not only in the US but all across the world, as people grappled with questions around race and racism.
In her new book, “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America” Oluo pushes the conversation forward by exploring themes of entitlement and identity, while asking: “What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power?”
On this episode of The Stream, we’ll discuss race, identity and power dynamics in today’s America.
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In This Story: George Floyd
George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.